Population Health Research Brief Series

Jennifer Karas Montez examines US State Disparities in Life Expectancy, Disability-Free Life Expectancy, and Disabled Life Expectancy in new study

Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez

In a new study, US State Disparities in Life Expectancy, Disability-Free Life Expectancy, and Disabled Life Expectancy Among Adults Aged 25 to 89 Years, Jennifer Karas Montez and colleagues find that for men and women, disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) and disabled life expectancy (DLE) varied widely by state. Among women, DFLE ranged from 45.8 years in West Virginia to 52.5 years in Hawaii, a 6.7-year gap. The South is doubly disadvantaged: residents have shorter lives and spend a greater proportion of those lives with disability.

Lerner Affiliate Jennifer Montez speaks about state policies & life expectancy on Innovation Hub podcast

Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez

Lerner Center Affiliate and professor of sociology, Jennifer Karas Montez, was interviewed for the segment, “Your State’s Politics Might Be The Death of You,” on the Innovation Hub podcast. Montez is an expert on the social causes of death and disease in the United States. Her research explores how differing state policies have contributed to a seven year gap between the state with the highest (Hawaii) and the lowest (West Virginia) life expectancy in the U.S.

Danielle Rhubart Awarded Grant to Study Mental Health among Rural Older Adults

Lerner Center Postdoctoral Scholar Danielle Rhubart

Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was selected to receive a pilot grant from the Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA). Dr. Rhubart’s study, “Social Infrastructure and Mental Health among Older Adults in Rural America,” will use data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System to determine if and how social infrastructure explains variation in self-reported mental health among older adults (65+) in rural America. INRPHA is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Program Coordinator Mary Kate Schutt was interviewed for Healthline article on the mental health effects of COVID19

Mary Kate Schutt was quoted in this Healthline article, Chronic Stress Could Still Affect Mental Health Years After COVID-19. She gives recommendations for how to support mental health during and after the pandemic.

“In order to maintain good mental health over the long term, people should find ways to connect with loved ones and, importantly, find ways to be of service,” Schutt said.

Lerner Affiliate Kevin Antshel quoted in CNBC story about re-integrating into society after the pandemic

Kevin Antshel, Lerner Affiliate, clinical psychologist, and director of the clinical psychology program at Syracuse University was quoted in this CNBC story, Nearly 50% of people are anxious about getting back to normal, pre-pandemic life — here’s how to cope. Antshel addresses this issues and says “Extraordinarily high levels of uncertainty are really against how we’ve advanced as human beings.”